I’ve followed the Swedish black metal band Golgata very closely since their EP Trälen came out in 2017, followed by De Dömdas Gryning last year where they took another step in the right direction. Finally though they’ve released a full-length album with Skam being their fourth offering (their debut EP Industrial Thoughts came out 2015). The Swedish duo don’t hold back at all and with Skam Golgata has put out their most complete album yet. It’s dark and sinister atmosphere, Swedish lyrics and varied songs makes it an easy album to get back to again and again. They also have their, so far, best tracks on this album with the opener “Förrädiskt Vaggas Vi Till Sömns” and “Opus IX (Lidandets Moder)” being two of my favorite black metal tracks I’ve heard this year (still quite a few months to go I know).
Golgata keeps their dirty underground, yet melodic, sound intact and throughout the album there is a red line on both lyrics and atmosphere that grabs you and never let you go. Difference here compared to their older albums, which makes this a winner in my book, is that it offers a more varied spectrum on fast, adrenaline pumping black metal accompanied with the more slow paced songs. Together with the intermission parts on spoken words, use of organ, acoustic guitar and more Skam pushes the band and is an album any black metal fan should listen to. I can’t stress this enough, Golgata is a very underrated band which just keeps on improving. Don’t sleep on them!
Written by J.B.
Label: Satanath Records
For fans of: Skogen and Dråpsnatt
Release date: June 17th, 2019
Favorite song: Förrädiskt Vaggas Vi Till Sömns
Score: 4/5 Incredible